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Monthly Issue | January 1, 2013

High-Speed Precision Rotation Stage

Newport Corp. introduced the compact and high-torque RGV100HL high-speed precision rotation stage. Developed to accelerate loads having higher rotational inertia, the new stage is compatible with Newport’s XPS-DRV02 driver. The…


Handheld Laser Scanner

The NVision Handheld laser scanner is a powerful portable scanning device that is capable of capturing 3D geometry from objects of almost any size or shape. The scanner is attached…


Rotary Peristaltic Pump

Vanton Pump and Equipment Corp.’s portable, nonmetallic Flex-I-Liner rotary peristaltic pump evacuates drums and totes containing acids, caustics, salts, chlorides, and reagent grade chemicals, without corrosion of the pump or…


An Evolution in Bolt Security

Chicago-based Nord-Lock added a new dimension of safety to bolt security with the launch of the Nord-Lock X-series washer, which combines Nord-Lock’s wedge-locking protection against spontaneous bolt loosening (due to…


Battery-Powered Electromagnetic Flowmeter for Remote Sites

Endress+Hauser’s newly released Proline Promag L800 battery-powered electromagnetic flowmeter is an ideal flow measurement device for water and wastewater systems located at remote sites. The flowmeter has an integrated Global…


Explosion-Proof Carted LED Light

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com unveiled a wheeled, cart-mounted explosion-proof LED light with swivel mounting. Designed for versatility and easy light placement, the EPLCD-48-100LED Explosion Proof Low Profile LED Light provides the…


Distributed Generation: California’s Future

Once you synthesize all the elements of the Golden State’s clean energy strategy and extrapolate current trends, it’s easy to see that an impending break with the traditional power generation…


The Electric Grid: Civilization’s Achilles Heel?

Solar flares have proven destructive effects on transmission grids, but there are many other “black swan events” that threaten modern civilization. Experts disagree about which protective steps should be taken…


The Russian Power Revolution

Exports of natural resources have given Russia increased global political and economic clout. But domestically, the world’s fourth-largest generator of electricity has had to embark on the most ambitious reforms…


Natural Gas–Fired Plants Continue Rollercoaster Ride

Courtesy: iStockphoto The availability and low price of natural gas enticed many U.S. utilities to fuel switch on a grand scale in 2012. Increased demand has put upward pressure on…


Coal Battered Early, Later Rebounds

Courtesy: TVA For the first time, U.S. generation from coal and natural gas was equal in 2012, although just momentarily. Gas dominated early in the year, but as gas prices…


Slow Growth Ahead—with Unexpected Flares of Activity

Courtesy: Tennessee Valley Authority North American shale gas was supposed to realign the generation fleet here and abroad (thanks to anticipated exports) far into the future. Turns out, that’s not…


Emerging Technologies Enable “No Regrets” Energy Strategy

Achieving a balance between affordable and sustainable electricity while improving reliability is a challenge unlike any the electricity sector has faced since its inception. Technology innovations in key areas such…


Calif. Cap-and-Trade: Bull or Bear Market?

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently kicked off a new era in its cap-and-trade program designed to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) when it held its first GHG emissions allowance…


The Electric Power Industry: A Post-Election Assessment

With the passing of the 2012 election, one is reminded of the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” This, of course, stems from the fact…


Controlling Fugitive Combustible Coal Dust

Regardless of how much prevention is employed to mitigate combustible dust in coal-fired power plants, fugitive coal dust is pervasive and can be dangerous. In coal-fired power plants, mechanical transfer…


Safety a Main Theme at Asian Coal Users’ Meeting

Power plant operators, managers, and other professionals from across Southeast Asia met in Hong Kong in early November for the second annual Asian Sub-Bituminous Coal Users’ Group meeting, created to…


THE BIG PICTURE: The Coal Pile

About 1,199 new coal-fired facilities (as defined by the World Research Institute)—a total installed capacity of 1,401 GW—were being proposed globally as of July 2012, spread across 59 countries. China…


Floating Solar—on Water

The recent explosive growth of massive solar plants in some of the world’s most remote deserts has stolen some of the spotlight from smaller solar installations that float on water.…


World Energy Outlook Foresees Distinct Generation Shift

Global generating capacity is poised to soar by more than 72%, to 9,340 GW, by 2035 from 5,429 GW in 2011, despite retirement of about 1,980 GW, the International Energy…


My Top 10 Predictions for 2013

A year ago in this column, I predicted that 2012 would be pivotal for the power generation industry, and it was. Coal-fired generation dropped precipitously and gas-fired generation accelerated much…


Grading My 2012 Industry Projections

It’s that time of year again. At the end of each year I am forced to revisit predictions I made a year ago in my “Speaking of Power” editorial and…


Too Dumb to Meter, Part 7

Eddie Teller’s Exploding Ambitions In Tom Swift and His Atomic Earth Blaster (1954), the scientifically precocious teen, after already inventing a nuclear powered airplane and an atomic submarine, turned his…


Navigant Announces Coal-Fired Generation Operational Excellence Awards

Coal-fired plant owners were caught between the metaphorical rock and hard place in 2012. The “rock” was new regulations promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the year, such…


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